Cyberbullying and traditional bullying: The experiences of poly-victimization among diverse youth

Zachary R. Myers, Susan M. Swearer, Meredith J. Martin, Raul Palacios

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This study sought to advance the authors’ understanding of the relationship between traditional bullying (i.e., verbal and physical) and cyberbullying. Data were collected from 1,182 participants, ages 13 to 25 (M = 19.66; SD = 3.03) from 75 different countries via an on-line, world-wide survey. Results found that participants experienced both in-person bullying and cyberbullying (i.e., poly-victimization). Additionally, bisexual, pansexual, or queer participants reported more frequent cyberbullying victimization when compared to both heterosexual and gay or lesbian participants. Sexual minority participants also reported victimization through significantly more electronic sources. Specifically, gay and lesbian, bisexual, pansexual, and queer participants reported higher numbers of victimization modalities when compared to heterosexual participants. Results from this study expand the authors’ awareness of the poly-victimization experiences of youth and young adults and fill in important gaps in understanding these experiences for diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationGender and Diversity
Subtitle of host publicationConcepts, Methodologies, Tools, and Applications
PublisherIGI Global
Number of pages22
ISBN (Electronic)9781522569138
ISBN (Print)9781522569121
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Sciences(all)


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